November 20, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Caution Advised Downtown During Turkey Trot

As Springfield prepares for the largest Thanksgiving Day run/walk in the state of Missouri, participants and motorists are advised to proceed with caution through the downtown area from 8 – 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. Also, a number of incentives are available for early registration and race day winners.

The 2009 course route can be found directly at http://bit.ly/2WdPZn. This year’s route will include National Avenue, Grand Street, portions of Missouri State University’s campus, Cherry Street and Kimbrough Avenue. The event begins at 8 a.m. from the Springfield Expo Center on East St. Louis Street and ends on East Trafficway.

“More than 5,000 run/walkers are expected to take part again in this year’s event,” said Springfield-Greene County Park Board Director Jodie Adams. “The modified downtown course route will allow our participants more area to spread out and should make for a safer and quicker travel through the Center City area.” The 5K course is a USA Track and Field (USATF)-certified course, which has had its distance certified for accuracy.

Parking near the Expo Center for participants and spectators is available at a number of surface lots, the Jordan Valley Car Park and other downtown lots near the Springfield Public Square. For a downtown parking map guide, visit http://bit.ly/3KU1qz.

Awards are expected to begin inside the Expo Center at approximately 9 a.m. Participants who stay for the ceremony will have the opportunity to win the following prizes:

Early-Bird registration runs through the end of today, Friday, Nov. 20 for $20. After that, participants can register through the morning of the race for $25. Day-of race registration is from 6:15 – 7:15 a.m. Register at www.parkboard.org in advance.

Packet Pick-up/Day-Prior Registration runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway. All participants who pick up their packet or register at the Ice Park can enter a drawing to win a $200 gift certificate to the Starting Block sporting goods store. Whitaker Publishing is also providing 100 six-month subscriptions to 417 Magazine in randomly selected bags at the Ice Park.

The 15th annual Turkey Trot event benefits the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information, media contact: Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-2176.